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I have some servers.
I try not to update them.
They are tools, not toys.

The lights are all out.
The servers chanting loud.
Like monks at compline.


Nov
12
comment Failed to add custom DNS Server
If you intend to run your own nameservers for example.com then Marcaria's nameservers are not involved. How familiar are you with DNS? Is the Wikipedia article of any interest? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System
Nov
12
comment Failed to add custom DNS Server
If you configured BIND on the same VPS you are using for Apache httpd server then yes.
Nov
11
comment Ping fails: is a webserver configuration issue or not?
I've retagged your question with a 'Ubuntu' tag (it would have been helpful to know this earlier)
Nov
11
comment Ping fails: is a webserver configuration issue or not?
@Patrick, I don't have a Ubuntu server to hand at my current location, check the link in my answer above - If in doubt, try using one of the GUI tools mentioned in that article.
Nov
11
comment Ping fails: is a webserver configuration issue or not?
No you are not really redirecting traffic to a different destination address, your single network interface will now accept packets with either destination address. I'm not sure how this affects your SSL certificates - aren't they tied to hostnames?.
Nov
11
comment Ping fails: is a webserver configuration issue or not?
I think your update is almost correct for Debian (and possibly other distributions) except that I think you should use eth0:0 and the gateway should be the same as the gateway value for the main eth0.
Nov
11
comment Ping fails: is a webserver configuration issue or not?
Why do you need two IP-addresses? If you paid the provider for two IP-addresses you should call support and find out why your server isn't configured for two IP-addresses. Partly this depends on what sort of arrangement you have with them (VPS, dedicated, ...) - this determines which of you is responsible for configuring the operating system.
Nov
11
comment Constant server crashes
Please edit the question and reformat the .cnf and .log extracts as "Code Samples" by highlighting them and clicking the "101" icon.
Nov
11
comment How to host a new site in Turnkey Linux?
For external Internet access, if, for example, the server is behind a firewall using network address translation (NAT), the DNS must be configured to associate "example.com" with (one of) the external address(es) of the firewall and the firewall must be configured to forward traffic to the internal address of the server (e.g. by port-forwarding or some other means). But if hosted in-house, you'd get the web-server working for clients on the internal LAN.
Nov
8
comment Am I being spied on my messenger?
There's no way to be sure your Messenger conversations are not monitored. They can be monitored in transit without touching your PC or leaving any traces there. This is really more of a social issue than a technical one.
Nov
8
comment How to prevent ip spoofing within iptables?
See edits above
Nov
8
comment Installing MySQL on CentOS 5.5
So far as I know, the only problems with installing from RPMs are the ones you experienced - that you have to sort out the dependency issues yourself. Also that maybe yum no longer knows what software you have on your machine - which may have consequences for later use of yum.
Nov
6
comment cloning with dd - is non-partitioned space considered the same as empty space within filesystem for resulting image size?
dd can't tell the difference between "empty space" and space filled with data. You can minimize the image size by compressing it with gzip but obviously this takes time. I suppose you could minimise the size of a gzipped dd of sda by creating a new partition to occupy the remaining disk space and filling that partition with zeroes or some regular pattern. However I doubt there are many cases where this would be worthwhile.
Nov
5
comment Force Linux servers to automatically try to get an IP address if they lose it
@Martin - ah yes I missed that, thanks for the correction.
Nov
5
comment Hosting a website in multiple countries
Are you saying google.com ranking prioritises IP-addresses in the continental USA?
Nov
3
comment FTP script download from linux to windows
You only need to use mget if you have a wildcard in the filename, like mget backup*.Zip - normally I'd use plain get for an exact filename.
Nov
2
comment Is it possible for the administrator to see what I'm doing on my PC and how to prevent it?
Isn't it foolish to use your employer's equipment for anything you don't want your employer to know about?
Nov
2
comment Is it possible for the administrator to see what I'm doing on my PC and how to prevent it?
Employer's right's also depend on jurisdiction, what is in the employment contract and on employers PC/Network usage policies which the employee has been properly informed of. I believe there have been cases where employers have been penalised for reading private email sent by employees using the employer's equipment in company time.
Oct
27
comment Reverse DNS lookup takes 5 seconds to give up
Can you amend your question to show the command you are using and the results you see?
Oct
27
comment Unexpected change in server timezone
The default constructor for Java.util.Date() returns the current time in milliseconds since the "epoch". It is designed to represent time in UTC not in the local timezone. Your program must be converting this to a representation in the local timezone - it is the Java program that is not doing what you wish. If you wish the program to pick up a configured timezone rather than the invoking user's timezone you should have the program rewritten to read a timezone from a configuration file.